Jim Tarter

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Jim Tarter, age 74 of Iola, Kansas, went to be with the Lord on Friday, January 21, 2022, at St. Luke’s Hospital on the Plaza in Kansas City.   Jim was the oldest of 6 children, born in Fredonia Kansas on May 29, 1947. Jim graduated from Yates Center High school in 1966.  He was stationed in Germany for 3 years when he served in the U.S. Army in 1969.  Jim was employed at Haldex Brake in Iola, where he was a shipping and receiving supervisor for 36 years until Haldex closed in 2010. He then worked at PrarieLand, a John Deere dealership in Iola, for 10 years where he got to test out all the fun equipment when he delivered it to the customer. 

Jim is preceded in death by his parents Enos Van and Edna Lavonne Tarter, a sister, Shirley Shultz, Wichita,  a grandson, Bryson Byerley of Pleasanton, Kansas, and the mother of his children, Betty Tarter.

Jim attended Covenant of Faith in Iola, where his relationship with God and family was closest to his heart.

He is survived by his wife Joyce of the home, where they recently celebrated 40 years of marriage. Survivors include siblings, Billy Tarter, Barbara Williams, both of Lawrence, Larry Tarter, Wichita, and Debbie & Larry Brutchin of Iola.  Children include Jason & Jennifer Tarter of Gas,  Misty & Bill Fleming, Iola, Wendy & Teague Byerley, Pleasanton, Ronnie & Janell Yelm, Iola, Kim & Chris Clay, Deerfield MO. He has 11 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. 


A memorial celebrating Jim’s life will be at a later date. 


  1. Jim Sagaser on January 26, 2022 at 12:21 pm

    We were greatly saddened to hear of Jim’s death. We extend our love & prayers for comfort to his wife Joyce & his family. We became acquainted with Jim when he married my cousin Joyce. He was very quiet & reserved at first, but then opened up & we got to know him better. The most outstanding characteristics of Jim was his love for the Lord. Talking about Jesus was his favorite subject, no matter who he struck up a conversation with. He wanted to make sure people knew about salvation in Christ.
    We have fond memories of taking trips with Jim and Joyce and enjoying times of sharing our faith, and enjoying God’s creation plus lots of laughter and good times. We will miss his presence when we have get-togethers. But we look forward to being with him in glory.
    Love in Christ, your cousin Jim Sagaser and wife Carol.
    P.S. Cousin Marie Sagaser Boic extends her love and condolences to Joyce and family as well.

  2. Nick and Vicki Hay on January 25, 2022 at 4:55 pm

    Nick and I are very sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. Jim was here for the 50th class reunion. So glad he was.

  3. Theresia Turner on January 25, 2022 at 3:43 pm

    Enjoyed working with Jim for many years! He was a good man and friend.

  4. Lois West on January 25, 2022 at 10:52 am

    Jim and Joyce have always been special people in my family’s eyes. Loved being around them, even though it hasnt been much since we didnt attend church with them anymore. We are saddened to have lost a friend on this earth, but know he is with our Lord and Savior now. Love you Jim and Joyce!!!!

  5. Tyler Stinnett on January 24, 2022 at 11:31 pm

    My name is Tyler Stinnett I am Jim Tarter friend / cousin I have known Jim for a long time ever since I was a little boy and I’m now 26 years old and I always remember Jim always has a sense of humor he always was there for his family his friends and his coworkers he is always been a great role model especially when it comes to problems as I found out that Jim passed away I was devastated to the point I didn’t know what to do Jim has always been there for me and the rest of the cousins I have always been there for Jim and Jim has always been such a great person to talk to I always think of Jim as a Doctor Phil Jim has always been there for me and always been there ever since day one as Jim and his family accepted me into his family we always talk a lot we always been there for all of us and he was one of those people that would take jokes and make it into serious or make seriously conversations into jokes I always thought Jim and I will close to and I was always close to Jim’s wife Joyce I always talk to Jim when I can and especially when he came to Wichita with my family he always wanted to go out to eat or go and visit places as I used to volunteer old cowtown museum as a janitor supervisor volunteering I showed him how my job was and he really enjoyed what he did and how Wichita was back in the 1800s all the way to now I always remember Jim as a wonderful wonderful wonderful person and I can’t wait until I see Jim when my time comes I thank you Jim for your friendship and your compassion and always been there for everybody thank you Jim for everything rest easy

  6. Jim Tholen on January 24, 2022 at 10:21 pm

    It was a pleasure knowing you Jim !!! I will see you on the other side !!!!

  7. Gary Cardell on January 24, 2022 at 9:40 pm

    Though our hearts are heavy, our souls are comforted as Jesus welcomes you into his arms. And the hosts of heaven rejoice with triumphant cheers as one of God’s children returns home!

    You will be missed uncle Jim

  8. Casidey Clay on January 24, 2022 at 8:58 pm

    You’ll be forever missed Papa Jiiiiiim <3

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